Establishment of the Periodic Table of Foods Initiative: For Better Human and Environmental Health | news

The global effort to standardize food testing will help better assess impacts on human health, agriculture, and nutrition.

GENEVA, May 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The technology that mapped the human genetic code has led to great advances in understanding, diagnosing and even curing disease. now follow them Periodic Table of Foods Initiative (PTFI) took a similar approach to deepen understanding of food composition. The initiative of The Rockefeller Foundation and his public charity, RF Catalytic Capital Inc., the Food and Agriculture Research Foundation and the Seerave Foundation supported and by American Heart Association® and the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) is officially launched at an event during the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

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Sustainable and diverse foods that complement individual needs can help prevent malnutrition. However, scientific knowledge of our everyday foods is still rudimentary. At most, 150 of the biochemical components of food are measured and tracked in traditional databases, which is a small fraction of the tens of thousands of biochemicals in our food. PTFI will now characterize and quantify these components in foods to make important advances in nutrition and agriculture.

The need to improve the food system is urgent as poor nutrition increases the global burden of disease and perpetuates cycles of disease and In addition, unsustainable agricultural practices, greenhouse gas emissions from food, market disruptions, food distribution and waste, and population growth are affecting the natural resources on which nutrition and food depend. food safety.two

“Food and nutrition security are at the heart of many pressing global challenges, and yet much is still unknown about what is in our food and how it affects human health and the environment,” he explained. selena ahmed, leader of the Periodic Table of Foods Initiative. “The first step is to standardize not only how scientists collect food composition data, but also how Kind of collected information. We will then be able to use and share this data to reduce the global burden of diet-related disease while also reducing the burden on the environment.”

Through the use of technology, the initiative aims to help develop a food system that uses the earth’s resources more efficiently, provides better nutrition and respects the diversity of foods consumed around the world by calling of global collaborative efforts between government, academic, and industry laboratories to develop protocols for comprehensive measurement and evaluation of food composition.

Using advanced scientific practices in analytical chemistry, data processing, bioinformatics, and machine learning, PTFI will go beyond the 300 to 400 foods currently available in food composition databases and include more than 1,000 of the most widely consumed whole foods. in the world. The project goes beyond commonly analyzed nutrients to include measurements of bioactive chemicals and metadata, including how the food was grown, processed and packaged, to enable the discovery of patterns and drivers of food composition. With these analyses, PTFI will enable the global community to have more nutritious diets, potentially using local or previously underutilized plants, to improve human health and well-being, promote sustainability, and provide new economic opportunities.

“By collaborating with laboratories around the world and our goal of standardizing what we look for in food and how, we are on the path to building a more nutritious, regenerative and equitable global food system,” he said. Juan de la Parra, Head of the Rockefeller Foundation Global Food Portfolio. “The open source food composition library we are building has the potential to influence agricultural practices, dietary guidelines, healthcare, and even food processing.”

“Unused and regional crops have the potential to transform diets and economies, but we still know too little about their biochemical properties to use them effectively,” he stressed. lucyna kurtyka, Senior Scientific Program Director, Food and Agriculture Research Foundation. “The initiative transforms our knowledge about nutrition and agriculture. This benefits researchers, producers, consumers and the environment.”

The PTFI Global Launch Eventunlocking food composition to revolutionize food systems for human and planetary healthwill take place on Sunday, May 22 at 5:30 p.m. at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Periodic Table of Foods Initiative
The Periodic Table of Foods Initiative is a community initiative that creates the conditions to accelerate research and innovation, helping to address global challenges in areas such as public health, regenerative agriculture, nutrition and the environment. The initiative is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and its public charity, RF Catalytic Capital Inc., the Foundation for Research in Food and Agriculture, and the Seerave Foundation, and is supported by the American Heart Association and the Alliance of Bioversity and CIAT (International Center for Tropical Agriculture) managed. For more information, see

American Heart Association
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